Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter

A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143112112
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

June Cross was born in 1954 to Norma Booth, a glamorous, aspiring white actress, and James “Stump” Cross, a well-known black comedian. Sent by her mother to be raised by black friends when she was four years old and could no longer pass as white, June was plunged into the pain and confusion of a family divided by race. Secret Daughter tells her story of survival. It traces June’s astonishing discoveries about her mother and about her own fierce determination to thrive. This is an inspiring testimony to the endurance of love between mother and daughter, a child and her adoptive parents, and the power of community.

Praise

A painful, richly detailed account . . . [that reveals] astonishing truths. (Newsweek)

Searing, revelatory à mind-boggling in its rich and complex interplay of personalities [and] social and racial pressures. (Elle)
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